New Polk Township Tax Collector Selected – Times News Online
Published on February 25, 2022 at 12:57 p.m.
Angela Schwartz was sworn in as Polk Township Tax Collector on Feb. 7 and is preparing a home office and future computer for her new role.
In November, she was a Democratic candidate against Republican candidate Robert Butler.
“My husband, Keith, and I did quite a bit of campaigning. We had signs everywhere. We visited over 500 homes to campaign,” Schwartz said Tuesday.
Despite their efforts, the election went in Butler’s favor.
He had a certain amount of time to take a course in tax collection, pass his exam and obtain a bond through a financial institution.
The class and the exam were the easy part, Butler said last month at a meeting of township supervisors.
Due to a medical emergency and a personal issue, his damaged credit history compromised his ability to secure bail by the Feb. 1 deadline set by supervisors.
Butler resigned from her post, and the township contacted Schwartz to see if she was still interested in the position.
“She seemed like the logical choice. I know she is capable of carrying out great projects,” said Brian Ahner, president and roadmaster of Polk Township.
Ahner is a board member of the Monroe County Youth Field Day, in which Schwartz volunteers. She is the Director of Public Relations and Registrar.
“I look forward to working with people and getting to know them,” she said.
She has a teaching degree and plans to continue supplying at Pleasant Valley if her time permits.
“I’m going to do all the taxes – school tax, county tax and city tax,” she said. “Spring taxes will be mailed out on February 28. The 2% reduction tax is due April 30 and the basic tax is due June 30.”
The 10% penalty period is from July 1 to December 31, 2022.
Spring is for county and township taxes, and fall taxes are for school district and library, she explained.
Laura Hoffman will be her assistant collector. Ahner said Schwartz met Hoffman for initial training.
Hoffman knows Polk Township very well. She was appointed Tax Collector for Polk Township following the June 2020 death of Carolyn Meinhart. Hoffman is the Tax Collector for Eldred Township, so he formed a Tax Collecting District with Polk until the end of 2021.
Schwartz was born and raised in Connecticut. She and Keith married in 2001. They have a daughter, Autumn, who is in fifth grade at Pleasant Valley Intermediate.
Schwartz has been a resident of the township since 2003.
She has set up her tax collection office in her in-laws’ house, 112 Mertz Road, Kunkletown, while a shed in her own yard nearby is being renovated into offices.
The possibility for residents to pay their tax bill online by credit card will soon be an option.
“I’m working to implement online payment as soon as possible. It costs a percentage if you pay by credit card and a flat fee of $2 if you pay by e-check,” she said.
For now, residents can mail it to him at PO Box 747, Kresgeville, PA, 18333 or bring it to his office.
Its reception office hours are Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon; Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can book appointments at other times by calling or texting her at 570-242-9589. His email is [email protected]
Angela Schwartz became Polk Township’s tax collector on February 7 and is preparing a home office to begin her new duties. STACI L. GOWER/TIMES NEWS SPECIAL